When Is Oral Surgery Necessary?

When Is Oral Surgery Necessary?

Most people would agree that they only want to have surgery if it’s absolutely necessary. We always want to help you avoid surgery, but there may be some cases when you truly need a procedure for your mouth.

Fortunately, oral surgery is usually a convenient outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day. And Dr. Aziza Askari, Dr. Emad Hajar, Dr. Sophia El Muradi, and the rest of our family dentistry team offer oral surgery right here at our Livonia Family Smiles office. 

While oral surgery can be used to address a variety of problems that extend beyond your oral health — like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or sleep apnea — there are two primary cases when our team recommends it. 

Here are the main times when oral surgery becomes necessary for our patients.

A dental implant

If you lost a tooth or set of teeth, you probably want to find the best possible way to restore your smile. If you want a replacement tooth that will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth and last your lifetime, you should consider a dental implant

To hold your replacement tooth or teeth in place, an oral surgeon places a titanium post in your jawbone. Once your jaw has had the opportunity to integrate around that post, it serves as the root for a replacement tooth that will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. You get a fully restored smile with a long-lasting, comfortable replacement tooth. 

Tooth extraction, including wisdom tooth removal

While getting a dental implant means adding something to your mouth, there may be times when the best course of action is to remove something. 

Take extensive tooth decay as an example. While our Livonia Family Smiles team will always do everything we can to save a tooth, sometimes it needs to be extracted to prevent decay from spreading to your jawbone, where it could cause serious health complications. 

Fortunately, if we do need to remove an infected tooth, we can leverage our expertise in restorative dentistry to provide you with a full, beautiful smile after your extraction.

Tooth decay isn’t the only time an extraction might be necessary, though. Many teens and young adults need their wisdom teeth removed to make space in their mouth or to address an impacted tooth. And in some cases, we may even recommend extraction because stubborn baby teeth haven’t fallen out like they should.

Ultimately, if our team ever recommends oral surgery for you, we explain the rationale behind it and walk you through what to expect. Our goal is to deliver top-tier oral surgeries alongside superior care. 

To learn more about our oral surgery services, call our office in Livonia, Michigan, today.

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